Youth experiencing homelessness in our community is estimated to be as high as 616 – possibly the highest growth sector among homeless.

Ashley Frerichs felt goosebumps rise as she passed the old bus exchange outside the mall on her way into Langford this week and again as she walked the halls of Belmont Secondary School to see her band photos on the wall. The 21-year-old Nanaimo resident spent a portion of her youth homeless on the West Shore, sleeping behind school portables, in church stairwells and killing time at the bus shelter.

Read the article: Young and homeless a growing concern in Victoria

Source: Times Colonist

Author: Sarah Petrescu

In Crisis?:

If you require urgent emotional support, including having thoughts of suicide and other mental health issues, please call Vancouver Island Crisis Line: 1-888-494-3888.

Youth (under 25 years of age) may access youthspace.ca for online emotional support.

For other resources, including shelter availability, visit bc211.ca